I feel much happier after reading that I live in the 8th safest place for crime..... although how they worked out Swindon was safer at number 2 I do not know, last time I dared go there it was filled with nice people who would sell their granny for a good enough price or an extra line, then again, this is one of those famous statistic tables which I don't think are awfully truthful or reliable.
To be fair Cheltenham is a really nice area & the crime here isn't actually that bad, you get trouble but it seems to have a lid kept on it & our police do a brilliant job. The few times we have needed them they've been excellent & yes, I did let them know that :o)
I know property is astronomical everywhere but at least the wage reflects that, it doesn't in Cornwall. The police do a great job there too but for some reason the last few years has seen a huge increase in crime there, it's why we moved back to Cheltenham, I've no doubt some area's in Cornwall are nice but the part I was in, around the Newquay/Bodmin area, wasn't good. I never went out in the evening there because too much stuff was happening re people getting beaten & assaulted, my friend did & she is not the type to get herself into trouble at all but she was set on by a group of girls & their boyfriends while she was out with 2 other friends. I definitely do feel an awful lot safer here, I don't know whether it is there is more of a tourist element to cater for in which case keeping the area safe is in the county's interest or whether it is to do with the fact there is alot of money about in the surrouding countryside, the Cotswolds being one along with Cirencester etc. Then again, having to go into Gloucester fairly regularly I can see where all the trouble may have moved to.......
Up until a year or so ago I lived in Cornwall which, I have to say, is horrible for crime, not so much burglaries etc but more street crime, one bloke got beaten up in the town centre down a side street & died before he reached hospital, he was beaten at 2 in the afternoon in summer. I feel safer on the streets of London than I did in Cornwall, maybe it's just me but I did find Cornwall to be really bad for street crime & violent crime. It has the highest rate of child abuse in England apparently, it's almost going into a recession in parts because the wages are very low compared to here but at the same time the property prices have been pushed sky high in comparison.
I've pasted a copy of the table below but I for one do not count Swindon as one of the safest places, it's an absolute dump which just goes to show how statistics can be bent & how useless these tables are. I blogged about it because I find it interesting where Cheltenham & Swindon are placed & the fact Cornwall doesn't even figure.
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